Mark Montgomery writes historical fiction. Mark Huitson, his keeper, lives in Cumbria. Neither are Cumbrian by ancestry, outlanders perhaps, but both have set their roots firmly into Cumbrian soil.
Life, not travel, has formed his world-wise writings. That, and over a million words written, designed to promote business and idea in a competitive environment, has formed the core of Mark's writing talent. He searches to understand that which he does not know. He seeks to raise a thought and form a smile.
'I write to engage the reader onto the next page, and to inform, but mostly to entertain.'
Mark writes with imagination, conviction, understanding and empathy genres including; historical, science, romantic comedy and erotic fictions. His books are filled with his wit, discernment and a quality that comes from a life of roles; a christian minister, a sculptor, cartoonist, business executive, consultant, teacher, builder, husband, lover and father.
'In a life of highs and lows, a heart becomes wise to the world, articulating that feeling is something that comes naturally to me... Many people wear their heart on their sleeve. I wear mine on the page.'
'I start with a line that appears as a nagging rhyme in my mind; a piece of perfect prose if I'm lucky. From there, and if the dedications of the day give me time alone to develop that single line of thought into a writer's journey's start to end, then I hope to create something that brings heart and thought to the page. Have I the right to think of myself as a creative writer? Am I well read? Am I well travelled? Well in these respects, not particularly. Have I life experience to help me articulate both pain and pleasure? Yes of sorts. Have I words worth the read? Well that is for others to judge. For me if I can evoke a thought that is so powerful to me that it can draw the tears from my eyes with the thought of it, and express it in words for others, then I know I have created something more tangible than mere simple text.'
Mark 'Montgomery' was created in 2012, named after his cat, he writes with passion and incredible insight, 'engaging and gripping' stories set mainly in the Borders; the Western Marches. Set in the sixteenth century and based around a fictional borderer; John Brownfield, they chart his life and the nature of the Borders and the West Coast of Cumbria. His books are full of actual history, real locations and real people that inhabited the Western Marches at that time. Well researched, well written, they are a poignant tale of the spirit of the peoples formed in strife and hardship... of an area rich in heritage, industry and war. They draw heavily on the humour of the borderer, and their resilience in the face of adversity... Peoples, whose fealty was to their families first, borderers born, neither Scottish nor English.
'When I face God, and he asks me, 'Did you make the best of it; your time on Earth?"
I want to say, "I lived poor in wealth, but large in life, and I tried to speak to the thousands and not simply whisper to the few from the comfort of mediocrity and its safe, sound walls.'